The setting was different. It was a small room in the northwest corner of LaVell Edwards Stadium, the outer wall made of cinder block and a sponsor's backdrop banner draped over a television on the wall behind Herm Edwards.
But the comments from Arizona State's football coach Saturday night were nearly the same as ones he made in the north end of Sun Devil Stadium after his team's previous two games this season.
We make too many mistakes. We lack discipline. We aren't going to beat good teams until we fix it.
That latter part, the Sun Devils proved to be true in losing to BYU 27-17. Sixteen penalties for 121 yards. Four turnovers. A handful of mistimed or busted plays. Breakdowns on defense.
"The discipline of our team is not very good," Edwards said. "It starts with me. I've got to fix it. It's my responsibility."
He is correct on all counts. The Sun Devils are talented, more so than BYU, which is 3-0 after victories over three Pac-12 schools. But BYU committed one turnover and was penalized just three times.
The Cougars are a well-coached team. ASU is not right now, and if that doesn't change soon, we're going to hear a lot more post-game press conferences like the last three.
The Sun Devils have too much talent and experience to be playing like this. They entered the season with 10 returning starters on defense. They have a veteran offensive line, an experienced quarterback and NFL-caliber running backs.